Firm Dirties Illinois Air
CHICAGO, Illinois, July 16, 2002 (ENS) - U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency Region 5 has filed an administrative complaint
against Cosmed of Illinois for alleged clean air violations
at its medical equipment sterilization plant in Waukegan,
Illinois just north of Chicago. The agency has proposed
a $132,000 penalty.
"We're alleging Cosmed of Illinois violated national
emissions standards for the hazardous air pollutant ethylene
oxide, which is used to sterilize medical products," said
Steve Rothblatt, acting director of the regional Air and
Exposure to ethylene oxide can cause irritation of the
eyes, skin and mucous membranes, as well as brain and
nerve function problems.
Specifically, the complaint alleges the company failed
to test its emissions control equipment to see that it
was working properly, install a continuous emissions monitoring
system, and keep records documenting compliance with emissions
Constructed in 1994, this Cosmed of Illinois facility
services medical device manufacturers throughout the Midwest.
Cosmed has filed an answer to the complaint and requested
a hearing. The EPA and Cosmed are scheduling a meeting
to discuss the allegations and how to resolve them.